George Zimmerman is hitting the media circuit in a series of interviews, all which carry a similar theme of the former night watchman saying he wants his old life back. Although acquitted for the killing of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, Zimmerman says he gets death threats and blamed President Barack Obama for his prosecution.
Zimmerman began the first of three planned interviews for the week on Sunday (February 16) for Spanish language channel Univision, saying that he suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and also adding he had been homeless. Speaking in Spanish, Zimmerman explained to Univision how he wants to return to a semblance of normalcy.
“Honestly, I want to live a calm life without being in the press. I want to be like any other American citizen who gets a speeding ticket or has an argument with his spouse and doesn’t have the whole world know,” said Zimmerman last night.
An interview with CNN aired this morning, and Zimmerman dropped a major bombshell in saying he was a “scapegoat” for President Obama and the U.S. Government in the Trayvon Martin shooting case. Further, he says the sensational nature of the case has his life in danger.
“I have a lot of people saying that, you know, they guarantee that they’re going to kill me and I’ll never be a free man,” Zimmerman said to CNN’s Chris Cuomo.
Zimmerman didn’t seem to shy away from his original stance that he acted within the law by claiming self-defense when he shot the 17-year-old Martin. Zimmerman also said that he was “disgusted” by those who made jokes about Martin losing his life, yet lumped those individuals along with others who have threatened him and his family.
Cuomo pressed Zimmerman on his feelings of regret regarding the outcome of the case, which Zimmerman smartly dodged.
“Unfortunately, the Department of Justice is conducting a civil rights investigation, so those are the types of questions that, because of the investigation, I have to tread lightly and I can’t answer,” Zimmerman said. He did, however, said to Cuomo he wished he stayed home that day.
Hit the jump to see a Huffington Post video report of George Zimmerman’s CNN interview.